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  1. Mixed response to 'law impact' proposals

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There's been a mixed response to plans for proposers of new laws in Jersey to explain their full social and economic costs.

    The States are due to debate Deputy Gregory Guida's call for members to describe the effect of new laws on families and businesses.

    Deputy Gregory Guida

    Some politicians argue the details would be impossible to predict; while others have welcomed the idea.

    Senator Sarah Ferguson has lodged an amendment calling for the cost of policing new laws and Deputy Scott Wickenden says it should apply to plans by ministers and assistant ministers.

    Deputy Guida argues States members should think through the full costs to society of all laws before they're put to the House.

    The States are due to debate the proposal when the Assembly returns on 11 September.

  2. 'Super Gran' takes to the mic in St Helier challenge

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Dubbed "Super Gran" by her grandchildren, Jean McLaughlin is taking on 80 challenges in her 80th year and raising money for good causes while she's doing it.

    So far she has been skydiving, abseiling down a Medieval castle and taken a ride around the island on a motorbike.

    For her latest experience she was challenged by Jersey's DJ Stefunk to perform alongside him in Charing Cross, St Helier, for the weekly "funky Friday" event.

    Her next big challenge will be wing walking at the Jersey International Air Display.

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  3. Care Commission says 'vital to focus on all in need'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A member of the Jersey Care Commission says the island needs to focus on the quality of care for all islanders not just children..

    A report into Jersey's Children's Services by Ofsted found that young people could still be at risk because of various failings in the system and a lack of staff.

    Lisa Jacobs, a member of the Jersey Care Commission, says improvements need to be made for everyone who needs care in the island.

    Quote Message: I've seen it, I'm local and I've seen how things work. I wanted a report to identify how things work today, identify where we can make improvements and highlight what we have to focus on. We have to focus on a wide variety of care processes in the island and not just children. from Lisa Jacobs Jersey Care Commission
    Lisa JacobsJersey Care Commission
  4. Evidence needed before bluefin tuna licences can be given

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey fishing authorities would need to show "bluefin tuna aren't endangered" before they could allow local commercial fisherman to catch them.

    Currently Jersey and UK fishermen are banned from catching the species, which all but died out in British waters 30 years ago.

    Bluefin Tuna

    Recently the species has been found off Jersey's coast in large numbers and the Jersey Fishermen's Association says this is a sign they are not dying out.

    Bluefin tuna are very large fish famous for their meat and can weigh as much as a grand piano and their size makes them valuable as a catch.

    Don Thompson, Jersey Fishermen's Association President, says that while they may be endangered in some areas of the world, they are becoming more commonplace elsewhere and Jersey boats should be allowed to catch them.

    Greg Morel from the Jersey Marine Resources Unit said they would have to show clear evidence before anything could be changed.

  5. Guernsey store explosion: 'Quite a few people in shop'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A person has been taken to hospital for a scan after being hit by "items" falling from the ceiling of a supermarket in Guernsey, police have said.

    It happened after an explosion caused by a fractured air conditioning pipe at the Co-Op En Route in St Martin.

    Emergency services were called to the shop at about midday.

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    Video caption: Police describe the scene of the explosion in a Guernsey supermarket
  6. Repair work starts on Guernsey Airport control tower

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey Airport's control tower will remain in operation despite being surrounded by scaffolding and undergoing a major refurbishment.

    The tower was first built in the 1970s and Deputy Head of Aviation Services, Steve Langlois said it "has stood the test of time over the past four decades".

    However a recent survey undertaken by the States revealed work needed to be carried out to the exterior of the structure, with sections of the roof also requiring attention.

    He said: "The building will also get a fresh coat of paint as part of the project, which is due to be completed in November."

    Guernsey Airport
  7. One taken to hospital by ambulance after explosion

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A man who was transferred to Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance was originally treated by Co-Operative store staff.

    He was likely hit by a falling ceiling tile after an explosion at the En Route store on Les Camps in St Martin.

    A Co-Operative spokesman had previously said three people were taken to hospital but St John Ambulance said one went by ambulance and a second made their own way to the hospital as a precaution.

  8. Co-op explosion: 'Air conditioning pipe fractured'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Three people have been taken to hospital after an explosion in a supermarket in Guernsey, a Co-op spokesman has said.

    Co-op shop

    The explosion happened above the checkout area of the Co-operative En Route store in St Martin and was caused by a fractured "air conditioning pipe".

    The fracture occurred during "routine maintenance", and dislodged ceiling tiles, according to the supermarket chain.

    Co-op shop

    "One customer has been taken to hospital with bruising along with two colleagues, who are suffering from shock," the spokesman added.

    Co-op shop
  9. Bluefin tuna rules 'could change' with evidence

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's fishing authorities say they have to show a sense of responsibility towards an endangered species and can't simply allow anyone to catch them.

    Greg Morel, Assistant Director of Marine Resources, says if the island could prove that it's not harming an endangered species by fishing for it, then it may be able to relax the rules.

    President of the Jersey Fishermen's Association, Don Thompson, says the States should allow local fisherman to catch Bluefin tuna after a number of the species were spotted in local waters.

    UK and Jersey fishermen have been banned from catching the fish due to it being on an endangered list and nearly dying out in British waters.

    Bluefin tuna
    Quote Message: If we have the evidence to do that I would say it is reasonable to do but we have to be in a place to convince people we are doing the right thing. If a species is under pressure we have to be careful not to exploit it but if we can make a case with the evidence then we should not be afraid to do that as well. from Greg Morel Assistant Director of Marine Resources
    Greg MorelAssistant Director of Marine Resources
  10. Staff and shoppers evacuated after 'loud bang'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Dozens of customers were evacuated from the Co-Operative En Route store in St Martin, Guernsey, after a loud bang near the checkouts.


    A Guernsey Police officer at the scene said: "Co-Op has done a great job keeping everyone happy, they have given water to people and have even put someone on the entrance with a high visibility jacket directing traffic."

    He said the bang could have been electrical or something in the air ducts and that the island's fire service was investigating.

    The "loud bang" is "not thought to be suspicious" but people had to be evacuated due to items falling from the ceiling.

    One of those items hit a man in the store and he was taken to hospital by St John Ambulance Service with a suspected shoulder injury. A second person was also taken to hospital with minor injuries but no details have been released.

    No roads have been closed but the entrance to the Co-Operative at Les Camps is closed.

  11. One in hospital after unconfirmed explosion

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A man has been taken to hospital in Guernsey with what are thought to be "minor injuries" after unconfirmed reports of an explosion in St Martin.

    Guernsey Police and Guernsey Fire and Rescue are at the scene at the Co-Operative store.

    Emergency services have not released any further details.

  12. BreakingUnconfirmed reports of 'explosion' in Guernsey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Emergency services are responding to "unconfirmed reports" of an explosion in St Martin, Guernsey, police have said.

    Although unconfirmed, it is thought to have happened at the Co-Operative shop at Les Camps.

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  13. Channel Islands Pride hosted in Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The Channel Islands Pride celebrations will be hosted in Guernsey this weekend with support being shown across the islands according to organising charity Liberate.

    Guernsey Pride 2016

    The Rainbow flag will be flown from the airport and the harbour, Sir Charles Frossard House and several local businesses.

    The flag pole on the Weighbridge roundabout also boasts about 30 flags.

    The Channel Islands Pride festival alternates between Jersey and Guernsey. It was last held in Guernsey in 2016.

    Celebrations kick off at Candie Gardens on Saturday at 14:00. Organisers say it is open to anyone who wants to support the LGBT community.

  14. Minister responds to asbestos claim petition

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The States of Jersey is looking into a potential compensation scheme for people suffering from mesothelioma, an incurable disease brought on by exposure to asbestos.

    It was announced in a response to a petition on the new States Assembly petitions site and was required as the petition had more than 1,000 signatures.

    Social Security Minister, Deputy Judy Martin said they would examine the possibility of a redress scheme as part of a wider social security review.

    Quote Message: Ministers acknowledge the devastating effect that diffuse mesothelioma has on sufferers and their families and the potential need for a compensation scheme in Jersey, which supports those with asbestos-related illnesses to get redress if their employer no longer exists.
    Quote Message: Employers must hold liability insurance. Sufferers of diffuse mesothelioma may be able to claim, dependent on individual circumstances. The Social Security review will consider the need for a scheme." from Deputy Judy Martin
    Deputy Judy Martin
  15. 'Super Gran' challenged to DJ in St Helier

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    'Super Gran' Jean McLaughlin is completing 80 challenges in her 80th year and raising money for Alzheimer's disease and cancer research.

    So far she has jumped out of a plane, taken a motorbike ride around the island and abseiled down a castle wall.

    Later this month she will be doing a wing walk during the Jersey International Air Display, but first she will be doing a DJ set for lunchtime shoppers in the heart of Jersey's capital, St Helier.

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